A Stanislaw Lem Reader by Peter Swirski

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By Peter Swirski

A sequence of interviews and demanding dialogues with the overdue Stanislaw Lem whose writings were translated into over forty languages and feature offered over 35 million copies. should you basically recognize him as a novelist, A Stanislaw Lem Reader is a superb advent to Lem's philosophy, medical hypothesis, literary feedback, and social conception, whereas last completely obtainable to readers unusual with any of his works.

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But to ask whether, in the absence of anybody to see it, the room is a collection of atoms or a collection of objects, does not make sense. Everything depends on the scale of perception. We are made the way we are, with hands, legs, a sense of hearing and sight, and we are made to perceive things in a certain way. If we were constructed differently then, naturally, we would perceive things in a different way. The question about the room is as senseless as asking what a star really is. We can say that a star is a ball of incandescent gas and proceed to enumerate its physical parameters.

Rich nations, to put it colloquially, grow fat, becoming more and more comfort-minded. The Germans, for example, have no longer such zest for work as they did even forty years ago (which explains their perceived feeling of being under threat). In terms of what I have just said, one might be tempted to say that the Germans have become less antlike. These days they are no longer so preoccupied with work and development; there is a feeling of wanting to spend the earned income, of enjoying the luxuries that life has to offer -- in other words, a bit of hedonism.

Philosophical) research the aesthetic quality of the analytic shape in which a theory can be expressed is one of the factors codetermining its acceptance. I think this factor is at the bottom of the rather mysterious and somewhat inexplicable affinity between musical and mathematical creations. My son, for example, in contrast to me, is very talented musically. He composes music, plays a number of instruments, even though he is principally interested in physics and mathematics. My own relation to music is altogether different.

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